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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I am looking for cheap accommodation in Frisco which is close to a bus stop that goes to breckenridge and Keystone and is also close to a few restaurants.

So far i have come up with the Snowshoe motel which is on the main street and has a bus stop out the front. Does anyone know whether i would have to catch a bus to the Frisco station first and then to Keystone or Breckenridge or do they go direct from the mian street? This made me think... http://www.summitstage.com/System%20...er%2004-05.pdf

Now there is also the Ramada which seems to be close to the frisco station but i am definitely not sure about that. If it i could walk to the frisco station then it may cut the time it takes to get to the resorts down by a lot if they all leave direct from the Frisco Station. Anyone here from Frisco? This is its location http://www.ramada.com/Ramada/control/Booking/map?MQZoom=8&pid=12336&brandInfo=RA&latitude=39584 9&longitude=-1060942&iconLat=395912&iconLon=-1060942&dirSearch=true&MQPanDir=N&ShowPOIs=N&Click Recenter=Y

Any other options that you know of?

Thanks a lot.
post #2 of 28
Your best bet is to stay on Main Street in Frisco, where you can find the Frisco Lodge, The Hotel Frisco and the Snowshoe Motel. I believe they all have reasonable rates, and they are right by the buses that go to Breck or Copper. If you want to go to keystone, you will need to go back to Frisco Station. However, although there are hotels near the station, that is Walmart Plaza; not very attractive, and only a few real restaurants nearby.
post #3 of 28
Yes, stay on Frisco's Main St. and take the extra 15 minutes on the Stage when you go to Keystone. When you go to Breck you can catch it at the end of Main St on Summit Blvd without going through the transfer center.

Alternatively, you can stay at the Holiday Inn or Ramada, but you'd almost certainly want to catch the bus right there near KFC. It's quicker than walking.

Main St. offers several bars and restaurants whereas staying at the Ramada only offers a view of our new, overpriced gas station.
post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Does anyone know about how long it would take on the bus from the main street to Keystone?

What we are doing it buying an 8 day Vail pass and skiing 4 days at Keystone/Breckenridge and 4 days at Vail/Beaver. So we are staying 4 nights in Frisco and 4 nights in Avon. I heard that the KAB bus from Breckenridge to Keystone doesn't run anymore so that cut out the best option of staying in Breckenridge for the first 4 nights.
post #5 of 28
Main st is much nicer, it's actually pretty. Ramada and co are over beyond Walmart on a highway junction, yucky.

They canned the KAB? bugger. that was useful, as it took the back way from Breck to Keystone. teh Summit Stage from Frisco to Keystone is looong as it does a milk run, pretty much.
post #6 of 28
Could anyone tell me what the nightlife is like in Frisco, not after clubs etc just a couple of decent bars with a decent crowd.
post #7 of 28
Lots of bars on Main Street. Frisco to Keystone by bus might be 45 minutes to an hour. However, Keystone by car might take just as long, since the parking lots are no where near the slopes. next time you plan to use the Summit Stage, plan to go to Copper. The bus leaves you closer to the slopes than any of the other areas.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by manc
Could anyone tell me what the nightlife is like in Frisco, not after clubs etc just a couple of decent bars with a decent crowd.
I wrote this last year and just updated it:

The favorite local bar with lots of character is the Moose Jaw located on Main St across from the gas station. "Lots of character" could be taken to mean dive bar. A pitcher of Michelob will run ya $5 during happy hour.. a great start to any evening. They also serve a decent burger for a good price.

Assuming you stumble out of there and want to find more entertainment, head either direction up or down the street. Blue Spruce can offer a very nice atmosphere (complete opposite of Moose Jaw) with a nice upscale restaurant. Whereas you'll meet lots of ski instructors and lift mechanics at Moose Jaw, you're more inclined to find resort VP's at Blue Spruce. If that's your scene, you'll probably stay all night. If not, head the other direction down Main St. and stop in at Johnny G's. Darts, pool, live music, cheap beer and other sinfully good stuff can be found. It's hit or miss there, but generally I've found business doesn't pick up till 9pm or so.

From there, keep going to Barkley's. It used to be one bar with one owner in two different buildings. Now it's two bars with two owners in two buildings.. and everyone will likely still be calling it Barkley's for a few years. Barkley's Margarita Bar has new owners that seem relatively boring. Business seems to have dropped off. Though, if you like NTN trivia you'll find it there.

The other side is now called something like, "The Chill" and I highly recommend it. It's sort of hard to find, but it's on Main St. near the intersection with 6th. They're doing an awesome Texas Hold'em tournament on Monday nights that's free to enter with cool prizes. They do lots of other cool events, the Frisco Disco on Fridays has been going for a few years and usually attracts quite a crowd. Saturdays they do an all request night. Last year they started Drinkin' with Lincoln - all you can drink for $5. They stopped doing it for a while, but they're going to start again.

Two other places get an honorable mention - Tuscato's and Farley's. Both are more restaurants than bars, but they're really nice. Farley's just opened, though they ran a restaurant at Copper for several years under the same name. This one is nicer. If you want a great steak and are willing to pay for it, go to Farley's.

New this year, at least new management, is Backcountry Brewery. Previously I hated the place, but it's gotten a lot better and the staff is a lot nicer. I still think the microbrews at Blue Spruce are better (I think they're Pug Ryan's), but the Backcountry Brewery stuff has really improved. Business doesn't seem to have picked up since the previous owners pissed a lot of people off, but it should get better soon.
post #9 of 28
Cheers pal, very detailed and will be taking a copy with me!! Have just got to decide on accom and how long to stay. Also, would you say it is advisable to hire a car or will the busses do?
post #10 of 28
Well, it's always a tough call about whether to rent a car or take the bus. In the end, you probably won't save any money by taking the bus. The shuttle from the airport is close to the same price as a car rental. My friend gets a car for $15USD /day + gas. Your Australian driver's license should be fine (I don't think those "international" ones are required).

As far as driving in the US goes, it's very easy to get from the airport to Frisco. There's literally two turns involved - getting on the Interstate and getting off.

Regardless of whether you get a car or take a bus, I would strongly consider going to Copper for a day or two if you're staying in Frisco. It's much easier to get to than Keystone. All the resorts have free parking.
post #11 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by vinn
I wrote this last year and just updated it:

The favorite local bar with lots of character is the Moose Jaw located on Main St across from the gas station. "Lots of character" could be taken to mean dive bar. A pitcher of Michelob will run ya $5 during happy hour.. a great start to any evening. They also serve a decent burger for a good price.

Assuming you stumble out of there and want to find more entertainment, head either direction up or down the street. Blue Spruce can offer a very nice atmosphere (complete opposite of Moose Jaw) with a nice upscale restaurant. Whereas you'll meet lots of ski instructors and lift mechanics at Moose Jaw, you're more inclined to find resort VP's at Blue Spruce. If that's your scene, you'll probably stay all night. If not, head the other direction down Main St. and stop in at Johnny G's. Darts, pool, live music, cheap beer and other sinfully good stuff can be found. It's hit or miss there, but generally I've found business doesn't pick up till 9pm or so.

From there, keep going to Barkley's. It used to be one bar with one owner in two different buildings. Now it's two bars with two owners in two buildings.. and everyone will likely still be calling it Barkley's for a few years. Barkley's Margarita Bar has new owners that seem relatively boring. Business seems to have dropped off. Though, if you like NTN trivia you'll find it there.

The other side is now called something like, "The Chill" and I highly recommend it. It's sort of hard to find, but it's on Main St. near the intersection with 6th. They're doing an awesome Texas Hold'em tournament on Monday nights that's free to enter with cool prizes. They do lots of other cool events, the Frisco Disco on Fridays has been going for a few years and usually attracts quite a crowd. Saturdays they do an all request night. Last year they started Drinkin' with Lincoln - all you can drink for $5. They stopped doing it for a while, but they're going to start again.

Two other places get an honorable mention - Tuscato's and Farley's. Both are more restaurants than bars, but they're really nice. Farley's just opened, though they ran a restaurant at Copper for several years under the same name. This one is nicer. If you want a great steak and are willing to pay for it, go to Farley's.

New this year, at least new management, is Backcountry Brewery. Previously I hated the place, but it's gotten a lot better and the staff is a lot nicer. I still think the microbrews at Blue Spruce are better (I think they're Pug Ryan's), but the Backcountry Brewery stuff has really improved. Business doesn't seem to have picked up since the previous owners pissed a lot of people off, but it should get better soon.
Vinn posted this last year in response to my Frisco questions; I found his advice to be very good especially WRT the bars (go to Moosejaw). I'll definitely try Backcountry Brewery this year.

Also we ended up driving and were glad we did. We got a 4 day SUV rental for $190 from Thrifty. Bussing was not really a great bargain.
post #12 of 28
So the buses to the ski areas are not free. My trip will be a total of a month so car rental will cost a bit. How much is the bus daily????
post #13 of 28
Manc I'm not sure if the buses are free or not, but if not I would assume the cost is minimal as it would defeat the purpose if it weren't that way. I think what Vinn is saying is that the cost of airport transfers to Frisco are nearly the same cost as a rental car. I know this probably will not apply to the different dates that people will be there, but I got a midsize rental from Thrifty for $7.99 a day Dec 10-14. Total cost is $48 for 4 days including all taxes etc... I'll bet that unless it's a holiday period, the rental option will be much more appealing.
post #14 of 28
manc- as jgiddyup said, that is how I priced it, shuttle to-from airport was not worth it over the few days I was there. If you are there a month, it might pan out
post #15 of 28
The airport shuttle is not free but the local buses are. If you have a few people with you, a car is more economical.
post #16 of 28
The info about the bars and Copper is good stuff. If you stay on Main St. which we usually do, the bus to Copper is only a ten minute ride. Free also.
post #17 of 28
I forgot to mention that if you do take the bus to Copper, Keystone, Breck. The nice thing about it is they drop you right off at the lifts. If you drive, you got to park and hike to the lift at Keystone. Copper, you take another bus. Breck, you park and take another bus.
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
Has anyone every taken the bus to Keystone before? Do you have to go to Silverthorne and then wait for another bus to Keystone or can you get on 1 bus and stay on it?
post #19 of 28
From Frisco to Keystone, you will have to change at Silverthorne. The Keystone bus will leave you nowhere near the lifts, so you will have to wait for the resort bus.
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hmmm well that sucks. Maybe we should do 2 days at breckenridge, 1 day at Keystone and then have 5 days at Vail and Beaver creek. I don't know whether i could handle that keystone leg more than once.

Thanks for the help.
post #21 of 28
If you don't do at least one day at Copper you will short changed for sure. Copper is way more awesome than Keystone.

Depending on where you stay, you will be able to find deals on lift tickets for Copper.
post #22 of 28
Another note, If you want a real Colorado skiing experience, bypass Keystone and go up the road a few more miles to ABasin. I think it's the best reality of what Summit County is really like.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lars
Another note, If you want a real Colorado skiing experience, bypass Keystone and go up the road a few more miles to ABasin. I think it's the best reality of what Summit County is really like.
Unfortunately Keystone is the reality of Summit County and A Basin is just what we'd like it to be.
post #24 of 28
Your Keystone ticket is good at A-Basin. You can do both in the same day, but don't miss the Basin. I like to finish my day there and have a beer or two befor taking the bus back to Keystone.
post #25 of 28
I stayed at Frisco Lodge for a week. I can't recommend staying there, the place leaves much to be desired and housekeeping is poor. Anywhere else on Main Street is preferable.
post #26 of 28
The shuttle buses in Summit county from Frisco to A basin, Breckenridge, Copper and Keystone are free, as others have noted. Copper is 17 minutes, Breckenridge 27 minutes, and the other resorts take longer.

The shuttle from the airport to Frisco generally runs $ 75 one way. You can get a round trip from Denver to Frisco on Greyhound for $ 27.50, but you will need to get yourself from the airport to the Greyhound terminal downtown.

There is no free shuttle bus that I am aware of from Frisco to Vail/Beaver Creek. The drive is about 30-40 minutes to Vail and 40-50 minutes to Beaver, unless there is weather or traffic in Vail Pass.

If you are looking for cheap accomodations in the Vail Valley check out the Turntable Motel in Minnturn (see my other post). There is a $ 3 bus from Minnturn to Vail.

Given your program I would echo what others have said about renting a small SUV, which will run about $ 200 a week. Even if you take the shuttle a few days, if you also have the SUV you will be a lot more flexible getting around, especially if you are planning to do Vail from Frisco. Beware that parking at Vail and Beaver costs $ 20 day unless you are willing to do a long bus ride.

As regards loding in Frisco, you may want to check out the Alpine Inn. Even though its out by the freeway, its within walking distance of the free shuttle bus terminal and the Safeway (grocery store). At $ 75 a night it has a microwave and a fridge so you can nuke a meal or two and save some $$$. It is, however, less charming than the establishments on Main Street in Frisco.

Finally, I would agree with others comments as regards the Frisco Lodge. The staff is not very service oriented, I would avoid them.

Kaj
post #27 of 28
Doesn't Vail run a bus from the Breck transportation center to Vail/BC? I can't find it on the web, so I'm probably wrong...

Here're the Summit Stage schedules:

http://www.summitstage.com/schedules.cfm
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by ssh
Doesn't Vail run a bus from the Breck transportation center to Vail/BC?
They're not running it this year. If you need transportation between the two they recommend using Colorado Mtn Express. Not sure what the cost is, but a rental car is probably cheaper.
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